IRL: Bracks named as chairpersons for CARA Indy 500 Fashion Show

Kenny, Anita Brack named Honarary Chairpersons for 23rd CARA Charities' Indy 500 Fashion Show. 1000 Expected to Attend on May 28 to Benefit Local Children's Charities INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- Former Indy 500 winner Kenny Brack and his wife Anita...

Kenny, Anita Brack named Honarary Chairpersons for 23rd CARA Charities' Indy 500 Fashion Show.
1000 Expected to Attend on May 28 to Benefit Local Children's Charities

INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- Former Indy 500 winner Kenny Brack and his wife Anita have been named honorary chairpersons for this year's CARA Charities Indianapolis 500 Fashion Show on Friday, May 28, at the Indianapolis Westin Hotel.

One of the most popular social events surrounding the world's largest auto racing event, the Indy 500 Fashion Show is named "Lights, Camera, Traction--" and will celebrate its 23rd edition with many of the Indy 500 starting drivers and their families assisting in raising funds for local and national children's charities.

Brack, the Team Rahal driver who was seriously injured last October at Texas, is making an impressive comeback from his massive injuries that included fractures in his spine, sternum, ribs, leg and ankles. Brack is currently in rehabilitation five days a week in hopes of a return to the cockpit this year. In addition, Brack's wife Anita gave birth to the couples' first child, daughter Karma, on New Year's Eve.

"Anita and I are honored to be hosts for this year's Fashion Show", said Brack, who won the 1998 IRL IndyCar® Series championship. "CARA has been very good to us and want to support their task. CARA promotes the family aspect of auto-racing as well as raise funds for needy causes. That is something that is very important to Anita and me. Racing is a family sport and we are please to be a part of it."

The 23rd annual fashion affair, featuring fashions provided by The Secret Ingredient, Day Furs and J.S. Marten Jewelers, will open with a social hour at 11 a.m., followed by a noon luncheon. The unique fashion show is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

Brack and other Indy 500 drivers, including past champions like three-time winner Johnny Rutherford and two-time titlist Helio Castroneves, are expected to walk the runway on the Friday prior to this year's 500-mile race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The downtown Westin will be a sensational backdrop with a packed ballroom of attendees, sponsors and local dignitaries.

"We are very pleased to have Kenny and Anita as the honorary chairpersons this year," said Mary Lou Bogner, national director of CARA Charities. "They have been big supporters of CARA and we think the crowd will be excited to see them after Kenny's serious accident and the birth of Karma. The Fashion Show has become a tradition and a 'must-see' event for local, national and international participants and guests. Having Kenny, Anita and Karma will bring added interest to our affair."

In addition to the drivers, families, friends and local dignitaries who walk the runway as models in the fashion show, CARA Charities also will unveil the annual "Christmas Ornament", designed by a well-known racing legend that raises funds to benefit the CARA Children's Fund in memory of Shirley Bettenhausen.

This year's master of ceremonies will be long time CARA member Beth Boles, WTHR-TV sports director Dave Calabro and racing broadcaster Bob Jenkins.

Tickets are now available for the May 28th extravaganza with individual tickets priced at $60 per person. For more information on tickets, corporate tables or event sponsorships, contact the CARA Charities headquarters at 317-299-2277 or e-mail carachar@aol.com.

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Series Charity , IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Kenny Brack